Nativity scene in aid of animals

An animal association in Vila Real de Santo António is to benefit from entry fees to the city’s annual giant nativity scene.

Gaudi – Centro de Animais, which supports the cause of abandoned animals in the council, will this year be responsible for setting up and maintaining the popular nativity scene, with all proceeds going to help them pay for food and veterinary bills for the animals at the joint municipal kennel for Vila Real de Santo António and Castro Marim.

A spokesman from VRSA Câmara said: “The Câmara has to ensure the services at the municipal kennels, which include the capturing, housing and eventual killing of dogs and cats as stipulated by law. “The Gaudi association aims to protect these animals through re-homing campaigns and thus prevent their killing.”

The giant nativity scene, which will occupy a 160m2 area and include 3,500 elements, will be on show from December 6 until January 8 at the António Aleixo Cultural Centre.

Visitors will be asked to pay 50 cents towards Guadi.

For more information about the work carried out by Guadi, please visit (only available in Portuguese) or call 964 773 101.